Applications now open for Spring 2020 programs

The Eisenhower Institute is pleased to announce the opening of applications for its Spring 2020 programs: Inside Civil Rights and Women and Leadership.

Inside Civil Rights

ICR Little Rock

Inside Civil Rights  examines contemporary civil rights issues through the lens of the past, and specifically from the context of Gettysburg and Little Rock.

In partnership with the Garthwait Leadership Center, the Center for Public Service, and the Office of Multicultural Engagement, Inside Civil Rights opens the door for students to critically discuss the current status of civil rights in the United States in the context of our history as a nation.

Students will focus on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, President Eisenhower’s desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, and the Civil Rights Movement, benefiting from Gettysburg’s unique placement in the history of civil rights. Participants in this program will be expected to attend a series of lunch sessions, a day trip to Washington, D.C., and an immersion trip to Little Rock, Arkansas.

"Through Inside Civil Rights, I gained a greater understanding of the modern discourse of discrimination in America," said Nina Rubenstein 21. "By discussing the roots of this problem, I was better able to understand the necessary changes for a more equal society. My experience with Inside Civil Rights has not only provided me with the necessary skills to recognize discrimination, but has also taught me to think more critically about policies and their potentially damaging effects."

Women and Leadership


Women and Leadership focuses on the intersections among gender and leadership in a variety of sectors including government, business, and media. Students will meet with women in leadership positions to discuss their career paths and how gender impacts decision-making and the experience of leadership.

Olivia Chatowsky ’21 said of the program, “It was an incredible, eye-opening experience to have exposure to people and I might never have encountered, and to learn so much, especially about myself. It’s also encouraging to see that these powerful women want to help the future generations of world-changers, which I hope one day to do myself.”

This year's program will place an increased focus on mentorship to support student development as leaders in their own right. 

Applications are being accepted until December 2, 2019. Gettysburg College students from any class year and major are encouraged to apply. There is no fee for participating in Eisenhower Institute programs. Learn more and apply at the application center. Please contact with any questions.

Grounded in President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legacy of leadership, the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College promotes nonpartisan discourse and critical analysis of issues of long-term importance through competitive fellowships, access to renowned experts, and symposia.

The Institute prepares undergraduates to assume their responsibility as global citizens in public, private, and nonprofit sectors—students learn how to lead with integrity, build capital to garner influence, and translate knowledge into action.

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